Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Although I have never met Larry Freda, I have known him for years. I am not even sure how I came acros him, but it most likely involved meeting a celebrity.
Larry has met a lot of celebrities and he shares a lot of pictures on social media. I love seeing the celebs he meets, because many of them are ones not seen very often. Such is the case with Larry and the Missing Link, a now deceased wrestler.
The Missing Link (aka Dewey Robertson) was a crazy, out of control wrestler in the 1960s-'80s. He won several titles in various companies and wrestled briefly in the WWF. He had a unique gimmick and played it well.
Robertson teamed with Meredith Renwick for Bang Your Head: The Real Story of the Missing Link, a great autobiography. In the book, Robertson is open about his substance abuse and his redemption. He had gotten his life together several years prior to his death.
Coming across Larry's picture with the Missing Link brought back a bunch of fun memories of this wild wrestler. That's my typical reaction to many of Larry's pictures. He meets wrestlers and athletes, many former New York players, from the stars to lesser-known, but still beloved figures. I never met the Missing Link, but I will live vicariously through Larry on this one and so many of his others.
Larry Freda and the Missing Link in Totowa, NJ-December 2003.